• Ironhand's Daughter

  • Hawk Queen, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Ironhand's Daughter

By: David Gemmell
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
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Publisher's Summary

After the bloody battle of Colden Moor, the warlike highlanders had lost their independence. They lived in surly subservience to the Outlanders, and only a teenage girl survived to represent the line of kings: Sigarni.

Sigarni the silver-haired. Huntress, whore, princess. All of these she was called. But those who pierce the veil of the future knew that a leader was coming to the North - a leader descended from Ironhand, mightiest of the highland kings.

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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A kingdom for the right voice

If you could sum up Ironhand's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

Another fine David Gemmell tale (ok, that's five words)

What did you like best about this story?

While not the best of Gemmell's stories, this one is still riveting and quite entertaining. I especially like the sense of foreboding building up in the first half of the book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adjoa Andoh’s performances?

I'd rather not, but I'm going to listen to the second book in this cycle as well. After that, count me out. Andoh just can't do accents and decent male voices at the same time. Also, the voice she's using to portray Sigarni sounds either like a scared thirteen-year old girl or a cackling 80-year old hag (no offense meant to either thirteen-year olds or old hags). Nothing suggests any of the various strengths the character should possess. Her normal voice on the other hand is quite pleasing, and this is one of the rare occasions when I would actually have been quite happy if that had been all she'd been using for her performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Because of the performance, no, I would not want to.

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couldn't take the performance .

I couldn't make it through 1 hour of this. The performers voice should never, ever, ever do male voices.

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Wonderful story terrible story teller

absolutely hated the narrator for this book. David gemmel's wife needs to have this book re-recorded with a better narrator. this is one of my favorite David gemmell stories because of the female war hero, and it was butchered by the narrator and her awful voices. I'd rather read the book over again and I will avoid all of her narrations again

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good book, terrible narration.

good book, terrible narration.
good book, terrible narration.
good book, terrible narration.
good book, terrible narration.
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Terrific story spoiled by voice performance

As ever, a great story by David Gemmell.

The voice performance and narration is by a highly talented voice performer who was miscast in this instance. She consistently struggles with convincing male voices and her localized accents range from trite to a twisted garbled mess that can be almost unintelligible. When doing pure narration she is excellent.

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  • Callom
  • 03-08-19

Who is the person who reads this???

This was one of the first Gemmell books I ever read.....only recently discovering audible and listening to all my old favourites.
Alas, I could not listen to this, I don’t know who this lady is that reads this, but whomever thought it was a good idea to get her to do so, needs to go sit in a dark corner somewhere.
She is a lovely person I’m sure but, in reading this story she is atrocious and I’ve heard better nails on blackboards.

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  • Jax W
  • 07-26-20

Completely wrong narrator!

I love this book but, I didn't get past chapter 2. The narration was awful.

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  • Gb
  • 03-03-20

Had to turn it off..

The story was fine, good in fact, but I had to stop listening due to the cringe worthy voice of the main character....

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  • Smuggler
  • 10-07-19

Another Gemmell classic ruined by awful narration

A brilliant story as all David Gemmell books are, but unfortunately let down by the wrong narrator. The narrator would be brilliant for other books but is absolutely not suited to this book. Hard to listen to in places due to the ridiculous accents

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  • Mr. Ian N
  • 07-10-19

Good story, poor narrator.

All David Gemmell’s work is good, this isn’t one of his best. The Narrator is very poor. Extremely strange accent choices.

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  • Lewis M.
  • 03-13-19

Narration poor

I found the narrator struggled with vocal range and the accents were painful in places.

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  • Mark
  • 11-08-22

Listen first ?

I actually enjoyed the story and the narration. I know there are number of people here who weren't as happy as I was. I found it to be something I could easily listen to and a a plausible accent. Adjoa Andoh also read the Rigante series (4 books), which I also enjoyed and I had no hesitation in spending a credit. If you are unsure then I suggest listening to the sample and making your own decision. The narration did not spoil to book for me, more made the story better.

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  • Robin neat
  • 03-17-22

not bad not gemmells best

not a bad listen not david gemmells best story, Narrator was a bit annoying with her accents, they were good but just didn't fit the story characters.

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  • Michael banton
  • 12-15-21

Story narrated well

A series worth the listen and you can follow it well great Characters in it too.

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  • David Paver
  • 05-06-21

Really enjoyed this book.

The only problem was the narrator would go from really quiet to quite loud so found myself keep turning up and down the volume on my headset or on my car.

Other than that, I enjoyed the book, it was well read and the narrator employed a good range of accents.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 10-06-18

enjoyable

i adore David Gemmel. and I usually adore Adjoa's narration too but i found her voice to be quite grating and off putting for this story.

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  • Mr. G. Mckellar
  • 05-16-18

Great narration

Fantastic narration and a great story, does Gemmell’s books proud and makes his fans happy